David Gold tells fan West Ham academy teenager Reece Oxford will become England international

The hype regarding West Ham youngster Reece Oxford continues.

West Ham teenager Reece Oxford is close to signing professional terms with the club, reported The Mail last week, and he has been tipped for a big career.

The paper claimed Oxford will snub interest from Manchester United and Arsenal to play for the Hammers, having continually impressed in the club's academy.

Aged 16 he has already played nine under-21 games this season, and represents England's under-17 side.

Even at such a young age, Hammers co-chairman David Gold believes Oxford is destined to become a senior player for the Three Lions, responding to a fan on Twitter:

A problem the Hammers face is Oxford only turns 17 next December, meaning he is unable to sign a professional deal before then. That's potentially a long time for clubs to try to turn his head, but the latest reports certainly suggest West Ham are on the right track in this regard.

Oxford is a centre-back and natural comparisons have been made with a player who once came through the same academy with great success, Rio Ferdinand, who went onto represent and captain England.

Here he is in action below:

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